In today's Brief: Will allegations sink Roy Moore's U.S. Senate bid in Alabama? Also, a reader asked us how much it costs to run for office. Spoiler alert: It's not cheap
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CORNYN SAYS MOORE ALLEGATIONS DEEPLY DISTURBING

After The Washington Post published a report Thursday alleging U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sought sexual encounters with underage girls decades ago, his would-be colleagues from Texas, Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, are facing tough questions about their support for him.

Both Cornyn and Cruz have previously endorsed Moore. They said yesterday that if the allegations were true then Moore should remove himself from the race. But they stopped short of calling on Moore to drop out.
 

A CAMPAIGN COSTS MONEY. BUT HOW MUCH?

A reader asked us how much it costs to run for office. The truth is: There's no magic number.  

We did an analysis back in March examining how much candidates spend per vote, and we found that dollars don't always translate to votes. But if you want to run statewide for, let's say, the governorship, most consultants say you need to spend at least $20 million — just to seem credible.

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PENCIL US IN

Join us in San Antonio on Nov. 17 and 18 for a symposium on immigration, where we'll explore the recent actions of #txlege, rhetoric on the subject under President Donald Trump and the human cost of immigration. 

THE LAST WORD


"If it is true... I don't think this candidacy is sustainable." 

— John Cornyn, on allegations that Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee in an upcoming Senate special election, tried to become romantically involved with underage teenage girls decades ago.
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